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    August 14, 2010

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    rohetherington

    I just read some info about the FutureGov Congress http://www.futuregov.asia/events/futuregov-congress-australia-2011/ which demonstrates the Australian government is at least moving in the direction of citizen engagement and Open Goverment. Looks promising!

    From: http://www.katelundy.com.au/2011/05/12/senator-kate-lundy-announced-futuregov-congress-coming-to-canberra/ :

    "As part of our suite of policies, we a very strong statement, the Declaration of Open Government, and I think it’s probably worth reminder everybody here today the nature of that statement.

    "The Australian Government now declares that, in order to promote greater participation in Australia’s democracy, it is committed to open government based on a culture of engagement, built on better access to and use of government held information, and sustained by the innovative use of technology.

    It goes on to say:

    "Citizen collaboration in policy and service delivery design will enhance the processes of government and improve the outcomes sought. Collaboration with citizens is to be enabled and encouraged. Agencies are to reduce barriers to online engagement, undertake social networking, crowd sourcing and online collaboration projects and support online engagement by employees, in accordance with the Australian Public Service Commission Guidelines.

    "The possibilities for open government depend on the innovative use of new internet-based technologies. Agencies are to develop policies that support employee-initiated, innovative Government 2.0-based proposals."

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